Apollo

Apollo

[uh-pol-oh]
noun, plural Apollos for 2, 3.
1.
the ancient Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.
2.
a very handsome young man.
3.
Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the moon and back.
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apollo1 (əˈpɒləʊ)
 
n , pl -los
a strikingly handsome youth

apollo2 (əˈpɒləʊ)
 
n , pl -los
a handsome Eurasian mountain butterfly, Parnassius apollo, with palish wings and prominent red ocelli

Apollo1 (əˈpɒləʊ)
 
n
classical myth the god of light, poetry, music, healing, and prophecy: son of Zeus and Leto

Apollo2 (əˈpɒləʊ)
 
n
any of a series of manned US spacecraft designed to explore the moon and surrounding space. Apollo 11 made the first moon landing in July 1969

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Apollo
Olympian deity, god of music, poetry, medicine, etc., later identified with Helios, the sun god; the name is a L. form of the Gk. Apollon, said to be related to an obs. Gk. verb meaning "to drive away" (evil, etc.).
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Apollo definition


The Greek and Roman god of poetry, prophecy, medicine, and light. Apollo represents all aspects of civilization and order. He was worshiped at the Delphic oracle, where a priestess gave forth his predictions. Zeus was his father, and Artemis was his sister. He is sometimes identified with Hyperion, the Titan he succeeded.

Note: As a representative of controlled and ordered nature, Apollo is often contrasted with Dionysus, the god who represents wild, creative energies.
Note: The sun was sometimes described as Apollo's chariot, riding across the sky.
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